09
Jun

A Car for Your Wedding in Tuscany

The Fiat 500 was introduced in 1957 as a successor to the Topolino model. (Topolino means ‘mouse’). The designer was named Dante Giacosa, an individual who would later become an automotive legend for his contributions to the industry. The 500 was a two-seater, rear engine, utility car that was built as an economical means of transportation void of luxury items or sports-car intentions. It featured a 479cc overhead valve engine mated to a four speed gearbox. With 18 horsepower the 500 never set any land speed records. It had a top speed of 85 km/h. The 500 endured a successful life span due to it economical size, excellent fuel economy, easy to repair, styling, competitive price, and city-friendly driving characteristics. Due to its small size, it was easy to navigate and drive in the small, Italian streets. Thanks to its short wheelbase and length, the vehicle could maneuver easily into cramped parking spaces. Seats 4.

Journalist and author L. J. K. Setright described it “the most intelligent application of minimalism ever to succeed as a car”. The Citroen Deux chevaux remained on the market from 1948 to 1990 thanks to Flaminio Bertoni’s inspired design. In The ‘30s the new Citroen management asked the project department to design a car that was able to “transport a paesant wearing clogs and 50 Kg of potatoes, or a wine keg and have suspension to go across irregular grounds without breaking a basket of eggs”. The T.P.V. (Tre Petite Voiture, French for very small car) project was interrupted by the outbreak of the Second World War. For this reason Citroen destroyed 250 pre-models to save them from the Nazis. In the spring of 1944 another Italian, Walter Becchia, designed the engine. At the Paris Motor Show in 1948 the car made its debut as 2CV. Seats 4.

Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the GTV sports coupe transcends time with its elegant yet sporty lines that have made it one of the most sought-after collectibles. You sense its Italian craftsmanship upon the first glance. The GTV chassis started life in 1963 with the Giulia Sprint GT, which delivered 92 hp from a 1,570cc engine. It later turned into the Sprint GT “Veloce” (GTV) in 1965. Two years after that, Alfa released the GTV 1750 with a 1,779cc engine sporting a heftier 122 hp. In 1971, Alfa made subtle changes to the body and upgraded to a torquey 1,962cc engine delivering an extra 10 horsepower. The GTV 2000 was born. With its updated power plant, few other cars could bequeath this magnitude of enjoyment. With non-assisted steering and a highly balanced chassis, you’re at one with the road. Simultaneously, the unmistakable Italian exhaust notes send chills down your spine. Drive it and you instantly want one. Seats 4.

The MGB was Britain’s best-selling sports car and offered as both convertible and coupe’. It has every single ingredient of the classic British roadster. Production began on May 1962 and replaced the MGA. Production continued until October 22, 1980. The chassis was constructed of a unibody structure that reduced weight, improved strength, and reduced manufacturing costs. Zero-to-sixty took just over 11 seconds thanks in-part to the three bearing, 1798 cc engine that produced just under 100 horsepower. In 1964 the engine was improved to a five-bearing crankshaft which improved the vehicles reliability.

When the MGA had been announced in 1955, it had set new standards for MG in terms of performance and styling, but by the beginning of the 1960’s it had become slightly out-dated. Sports car design had moved up a gear, particularly in terms of comfort and the prospective sports car buyer was demanding more sophistication than the MGA was able to deliver. For MG’s sake, the replacement needed to offer better performance and a greater degree of comfort. History has now shown that the new car did have these features, for it was the venerable MGB, a car which was to sell over five times the numbers of MGA. Like the Austin-Healey Sprite and later the MG Midget, the MGB was to be of unitary construction which brought a number of advantages. The design of the body was such that the individual panels when welded together, produced box-like structures of immense strength. The engine and transmission came directly from the MGA, but the b-series engine had been increased in capacity to 1789cc, which resulted in 94bhp, and a diaphragm clutch was used between the engine and transmission. As standard, the car was supplied with bolt-on steel disc wheels, similar to those of the MGA but of a slightly smaller diameter.  The MGB was extremely well received by the press who were fulsome in their praise of the new car, which was capable of exceeding 100mph without any fuss. Performance handling and economy were all of a high standard for the time, which resulted in a thoroughly reliable sports car that was a joy to drive. It found a ready market, particularly in the USA. Seats 2.

Other cars also available just ask for further details.

03
Jun

Your Florentine Apartments….

We start with OPTION 1 loocated in the area of Piazza Pitti with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms… This magnificent apartment is located a short walk from Piazza Pitti in the Oltrarno district, on the 1st floor of a XIV century building without elevator. It is comprised of a small entrance hall leading to the living room, a living room with a double sofa bed and a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen from which you can access a terrace with a table for 4 people, a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with tub and a loft twin bedroom (2 single beds) with a bathroom with shower. It features air conditioning, heating, refrigerator, freezer, oven, toaster, Italian coffee maker, teapot, washing machine, iron, ironing board and safe. The large rooms and all the apartment comforts make this unit ideal for a nice vacation with your family or a group of friends. Check in service until 6PM. A functional apartment in the historical centre of this amazing city. Quote reference: 4415B.

OPTION 2: This marvellous apartment in typical Florence style with wooden beams and terra cotta floors is located on the 3rd floor of a building without a lift so it may not be right for you however it is definately worth consideration. A short walk from Piazza Pitti on a very quiet street. It is comprised of an entrance hall, a large living room with a dining table for 6 people, a sofa for 2, a large kitchen area with an antique fireplace just for decoration, a double bedroom, a twin bedroom (two single beds), a room with a single bed and a single loft bed, and two bathrooms with shower. It features TV, air conditioning, Wifi internet connection, washing machine, microwave oven, refrigerator, Italian coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hairdryer. This very cosy apartment is suitable for large families or groups of friends who want to enjoy their holidays in this marvellous city. Check in service until 6PM. With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Quote reference: 4415A.

OPTION 3: This luxury apartment is situated in a very central location, on the 3rd floor of a building without a lift, in Piazza Santa Croce, a short walk from the Cathedral, Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery. It has a balcony from which you can enjoy a nice view of the city. It is comprised of an entrance hall, a fully equipped kitchen, a large twin bedroom (2 singles) with a sitting area and an extra bed, another bedroom with single bed which can be pushed together to have a double bed, and a bathroom with bathtub. This unit was furnished with great attention to detail and features air conditioning, Wi-fi internet connection, satellite TV, refrigerator, electric oven, microwave oven, hair dryer, American coffee maker, iron and ironing board. Its modern furnishings and high quality décor complete this unit. With 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Quote reference: 4415C.

And now for something a little different….OPTION 4: This medieval-style apartment is located on the first floor of a XIVth century building without a lift. The apartment itself is made up of 2 floors. On the lower floor there is a living room with frescoed walls, a double sofa bed, a flat-screen TV, a kitchen area, a large double bedroom and a bathroom with tub. On the upper floor there is a bedroom with twin beds and a bathroom with a shower. It has every comfort: air conditioning, independent heating, free Wi-Fi internet connection, telephone, fully equipped kitchen, oven refrigerator, Italian coffee maker, teapot, toaster, equipment to clean the house, washing machine, drying rack, iron and ironing board. Its high-quality antique furnishing and décor, together with the frescoed walls complete this very elegant apartment, unique amongst our proposals. Check in service until 6PM. With 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  This apartment wants a specific type of client and is not recommended to everyone due to its somewhat unique feel/look. Quote reference: 4415D.

 

02
Jun

A Luxury Tower by the Italian Coast

This luxury tower after undergoing a complete restoration, has become the ideal house to rent for extraordinary holidays on the Tuscan Coast. Tucked away in a magical corner of Southern Tuscany, perched on top of a cliff which overlooks the sea and not far from sites of historical interest, and surrounded by the authentic natural wonders of the Maremma Natural Park, stands a historical Spanish tower erected to protect against the Saracen invasions.  One cannot help but be impressed by the breathtaking views and the natural beauty which can be fully appreciated from every corner of the Tower.

On entering the front door, to our right we come across a wide open space, a dining area with fireplace, and two double bedrooms each with independent bathrooms: one with a bathtub; the other with a shower. Continuing on, along the entrance corridor and to the left of the dining room, we find a fully equipped modern kitchen. There is a third bedroom, also with its own bathroom.

At the end of this corridor there is a staircase which leads to the first floor. Here we find an enormous air conditioned living room with fireplace, where one can relish a magnificent 180° panorama. This living-room is furnished with comfortable lounge chairs and couches on one side of the room, while on the other side, there is an antique wooden table which can seat up to 8 people. From this living-room, one has access to a splendid terrace which is divided into two areas: dining on one side and deckchairs for relaxation and sunbathing on the other.

The view from the terrace is spectacular. It captures Porto S. Stefano and the hills of Mount Argentario; Talamone, with its charming walled town; the hills of the Uccellina Natural Park; as well as the islands of Giannutri, Giglio and Montecristo, a famous marine park. On returning to the open space on the ground floor, there is a small staircase which leads to the lookout tower. This, too, has been restored, and is divided into two floors. It is made up of a double bedroom, with small bathroom containing shower facilities, walk in wardrobe and living-room corner. From the second floor, one has access to a small terrace.

THE GUEST HOUSE: The guest house next to the tower has been remodelled to provide a living room and two double bedrooms; each has its own private bathroom (with shower) and air conditioning.  The tower is equipped with satellite television, telephone line and internet. Every window has mosquito nets and every bedroom has ceiling fans. Surrounded by two terraces, one of which has been transformed into a splendid panoramic lookout, amidst the greenery of the garden. It is the perfect place to sit and enjoy the wonderful sunshine, take a dip in the swimming pool, or to enjoy the company of good friends and a glass of wine around the barbecue after sunset. The other is equipped with deckchairs.

The tower also has its own walking trail which leads to the sea and a sunbathing deck. Quote reference 1922.

THE TOWER8 persons

4 double bedrooms (3 with en suite bathroom)
4 bathrooms
2 kitchens
1 living room
1 dining room
2 terraces

THE GUEST HOUSE4 persons

2 double bedrooms (2 with en suite bathroom)
2 bathrooms
1 living room
1 dining room

AMENITIES

  • Air Conditioning
  • Extra bed
  • Coffee machine
  • Maid service upon request
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet WiFi
  • Ironing Set
  • House linens (sheets & towels)
  • Maintenance services
  • Microwave oven
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite TV and SKY Television with international channel
  • IpodStation
  • Walking tours
  • Washing machine

EXTRA FACILITIES

  • 32” LCD TV & SKY Television with international channel
  • Swimming pool (6m x 4m)
  • Pool towels provided
  • Mosquito nets
  • BBQ
  • Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Air conditioning in the living room
  • Ceiling fans in the bedrooms
  • Electronic security gate
  • Private beach access
  • Extra Services on Request (please contact us)
  • Catering and Chef services for lunch and dinner upon request
  • Extra housekeeping
  • Additional bed linens and towels
  • Other laundry or ironing services
01
Jun

A Villa On The Argentario

Bedrooms: 7 (1 singles, 7 doubles) Bathrooms: 7

The villa lies surrounded by two hectares of parkland. Surrounded by vineyards and fields, it is located in southern Tuscany, behind the promontory of Monte Argentario, between Porto Ercole and the ancient fortification of the medieval Tower of Talamone, in the heart of the Etruscan Coast, 6 kms from the wonderful crystal clear sea.  The area has its own culinary tradition and its many typical dishes can be savoured in the numerous local restaurants.  It is also possible to find many wineries that produce and sell prestigious red wines, such as the Morellino di Scansano DOC wines, as well as some very elegant whites like the famous Capalbio Vermentino DOC.  The winery owners are always very happy and willing to give visitors a chance to taste their wines. The Argentario Golf Club, which has a practical 18-hole golf course, is 15 Kms away, and the famous thermal springs of Saturnia are 50 Kms away.  At a distance of between 5 and 10 Kms there are numerous tourist ports where it is possible to hire boats; for culture lovers, Siena is 100 Kms away. The park contains many wonderful, centuries-old cork trees, olive-trees and pomegranate trees surrounded by Italian-style gardens, as well as the swimming pool (14.50 x 5 m) and a sun terrace.

The villa has top quality furnishings and all mod-cons: air conditioning, mosquito screens and minibar in the bedrooms, Wi-Fi internet connection, laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer, hair dryers in the bathrooms, satellite TV. The kitchen has a professional steel hob with 5 gas rings, electric oven (width. 90 cm), microwave, American coffee-maker and espresso/cappuccino coffee machine, icemaker, Braun food processor, dishwasher, freezer and refrigerator. On request it is possible to hire domestic help (daily chef, cook, butler, babysitter), to be paid for on site.

GROUND FLOOR: entrance, gallery, three spacious rooms with fireplace and sofas, library and TV area; study; spacious, elegant dining room; 2 double bedrooms and bathroom with bathtub and shower; guest bathroom; very well-equipped kitchen. FIRST FLOOR: 5 double bedrooms with bathroom containing bathtub and shower; 1 small single bedroom next to one of the bedrooms suitable for children up to 16 years of age. Quote reference 4066E.

Extra costs to pay on site:

  1. Central heating according to consumption
  2. Electricity consumption up to 100 KW per week included, any additional KW to be paid for on site at a cost of € 0.80 per KW.
  3. Refundable damage deposit to be paid in Euros on arrival: 1,500
01
Jun

Porto Ercole

Bedrooms: 5 (4 doubles, 1 Twin bedrooms ) Bathrooms: 5

Private Property Porto Ercole

Porto Ercole is a delightful seaside resort located on the promontory of the Argentario.  It is an ancient fishing village which lies at the foot of a 16th century Spanish Fortress. Visitors can enjoy pleasant walks around the town’s alleyways and squares which overlook the sea, or along the seafront, where bars and restaurants alternate with seaside terraces and shops located in converted fishermen’s warehouses.

The villa is situated on the hills behind the town which is around 1.2 kms away, in a peaceful, panoramic position with views of the countryside and the sea, immersed in the vegetation which almost hides the property.  A beautiful swimming pool (4 x 17.5 m) has been built on the first underlying terrace which offers stunning views.

The villa is filled with quality furniture and accessories that make it a pleasant and elegant residence.  All the bedrooms have air conditioning; Wi-Fi internet connection even outside; satellite TV with SKY programmes, stereo; well-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, oven and barbecue; laundry room with washing machine. Outside there is a covered veranda with table and chairs for eating, followed by a lounge with armchairs and a sofa.  Downstairs, in front of the terrace which leads to the two bedrooms, there is also a pleasant, relaxing, shady terrace.

Porto Ercole offers many types of social and sporting entertainments, tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course and water sports.  On request it is possible to hire the villa’s manned fishing boat. Near the town there are many beautiful public beaches or bathing resorts, the best known of which is Feniglia, just a few kilometres away.  A number of easy paths lead to the splendid bays of Spiaggia Lunga, Sbarcatello, Acqua Dolce and Le Viste.  There are splendid beaches at every turn.  Before the town there is the tourist port of Cala Galera, where numerous VIP boats and yachts are moored.

GROUND FLOOR (access from the garden) spacious lounge with fireplace, sea views and access to the panoramic terrace; kitchen with dining area, sea views and access to the panoramic terrace.  The kitchen is very well-equipped with oven, barbecue, and dishwasher and leads directly to the covered veranda furnished with table and chairs for eating “al fresco”; 2 double bedrooms with sea views and en suite bathrooms with shower.

LOWER FLOOR: (accessed from both the inside and outside) 2 double bedrooms with sea views and en suite bathrooms with shower; 1 bedroom with bunk beds and bathroom with shower (of lower quality, suitable for children, but still with air conditioning); laundry room with washing machine. All the bedrooms have air conditioning and face onto the terraces with panoramic sea views. Quote reference 4066D.

Extra and to pay in site:

  1. Central heating according to consumption
  2. Electricity consumption included in the price up to 200 KW per week. Any additional consumption to be paid for at the end of the stay at a cost of € 0.50 per KW.
  3. Deposit: Refundable damage deposit to be paid in Euros on arrival: 1,000
26
May

Just the 2 of Us….

A Special Place

How cute is this place…..

The property lies in Vettica Maggiore di Praiano. This is a small house in rural surroundings right at the edge of the village, in a very panoramic and tranquil position. From the garden you enjoy a view of the Gulf of Positano and from here you look straight towards the point where the sun goes down. The house has recently been renovated and equipped with cool and hot air-conditioning and with a washing-machine. Wi-fi internet connection. The nearest beach is at La Praia about 2 kms away and can be reached either by car or by bus. Positano is about 8 kms away, Amalfi 10 kms, Sorrento 25 kms.

GROUND FLOOR (76 steps from the road) so you will definately come home fit…. living-room with single sofa-bed, kitchen/dining-room, 1 double bedroom, 1 bathroom with shower.  Panoramic terrace with view of the sea. Air-conditioning, easy to park your car. All the rooms have sea view.

There is extra to pay on site for example air conditioning and electricity and heating but will you really need it in the height of summer? Also final cleaning, but it is such great value that you really will not mind.